EXPLORING PLAYBACK THEATRE AND CLOWNING
Saturday March 05, 2016 - Sunday March 06, 2016
Starts 10:00 on first day - Finishes 18:00 on last day
AN INTRODUCTORY WEEKEND
WITH VERONICA NEEDA AND VIVIAN GLADWELL
Join us for an exciting journey of research on the edges of Playback and Clowning.
This course is a taster for a longer exploration in June. See June course
Both Playback and Clowning have spontaneity, creativity and play as key values and practice in their work. Both work with personal and social stories. But what does it mean (in Playback and in Clowning) to re-member the stories we are given? Can the clown’s naive exploration still honour and celebrate stories? What happens when we allow play to reveal other stories to us?
Playback Theatre is an original form of improvisational theatre in which audience members tell stories from their lives and watch them enacted on the spot. Founded in 1975, Playback Theatre is practiced in hundreds of locations and contexts around the world.
The Clown Within
The clown’s nose, the smallest mask in the world, is the mask that unmasks. Through the clown we can rediscover inner qualities of openness, spontaneity and play. The clown allows our imagination to soar, whilst keeping our feet firmly on the ground. Working with warm-ups, games and on the empty stage, we will find our inner clowns through improvisation, play and welcoming everything that emerges.
Facilitators: Veronica Needa (Playback Theatre) / Vivian Gladwell (Clowning)
Veronica has been actively involved in playback theatre since 1991, graduating from the School of Playback Theatre in 1995. She was President of the International Playback Theatre Network (1997-2003). Now teaching playback internationally, and Board member of the Centre for Playback Theatre (NY, USA), she is based in London, core member of London Playback Theatre, and director of True Heart Theatre which specializes in playback theatre for the Chinese community in the UK. She founded the School of Playback Theatre (UK) in 2006. Also a storyteller performer, she has created a solo show – FACE – performed in English and Cantonese, which explores issues of identity and belonging.
Vivian is the founder and director of Nose to Nose and has given hundreds of workshops around the world. He lives both in the UK and France where he started clowning in 1978. He speaks French and English fluently.
Vivian began teaching in 1988 as part of the Lifeways Festival at Emerson College – UK. He trained as a facilitator with the Bataclown in 1990 and joined their team in 1991 also working as a modern day Court Jester (Clownanalyst).
He created Nose to Nose UK in 1990, Nose to Nose of North America in 2006 and Fool View, the Social Clowning group and has trained facilitators in the UK, the USA, Germany and Italy – view history.
He continues his role as ambassador for the work by researching the applications of clowning in the context of teacher training, medicine, conflict management, ecology and intercultural work in many countries (South Africa, USA, Senegal, Vietnam, India, Malaysia, Italy, Germany, Norway…)
He holds clowning as a social playground for exploring our humanity.
Date and times:
Saturday – 10 am to 6pm
Sunday – 10 am to 6pm
Venue: Eastbourne House Arts
The London Buddhist Arts Centre
Course fee: £175 – Tuition only
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This workshop is only open to those who have experience of Playback or have previously worked with Nose to Nose.
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London - Eastbourne House Arts
E2 0PT London